Stitched books and blackbirds

I know Spring is in the air when the blackbirds make themselves known in and around the garden and hedgerows. I couldn’t resist their charms this year so they are featuring in a new stitched book. There is a sneak peek of the first layer below along with one I did earlier! It will be a mixed media piece and will take the form of a concertina with a little bit of running stitch to finish off.

You can join me for a workshop on Saturday, 1st April to make your own stitched book at Castle Court Quilter, Whittington, Oswestry. For further details or to book, contact myself at suzettesmart1@btinternet.com or Tel 07966983868

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Natural Inspiration

Inspiration is sometimes in short supply during the month of January. The skies are grey and Christmas feels like a long time ago. So I dig deep into boxes of fabric and threads and take a closer look at the landscape around me. Plants, animals and birds soon have me piecing and stitching away. A new must buy of recycled sari silks helps too!

 

Next week I will be out and about visiting Staffordshire Patchworkers and Quilters with more tales of inspiration behind the stitch. Please see their website for further details.

And finally, a couple of workshop dates for your diary.

Birds or flowers at Castle Court Quilter, Whittington on Saturday, 18th February, 2017. Experiment with a variety of fabrics for collage and use free machine embroidery for mark making and drawing to create a piece of work with either birds, flowers or both! Times 10am to 4pm / Cost £40

 

Within a landscape at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry on Saturday, 13th May, 2017. Experiment with a variety of fabrics for collage and use free machine embroidery for mark making and drawing to create a piece of work inspired by the landscape. Times 10am to 4pm / Cost £40

A belated happy New Year and happy stitching x

Queen Anne’s lace

May must be one of my favourite months as the trees and hedgerows are dense with blossom and cow parsley. That’s why I couldn’t resist stitching this new emboidery.

An alternative name for cow parsley is Queen Anne’s lace, so it was quite fitting that a little bit of lace found it’s way in.

Borders and hedgerows workshop on Wednesday, 21st September. See dates for the diary for further details.

Happy stitching.

Open Studios

I still have a couple of pieces of work I’d like to finish, but finish or not, my door will be open as part of the BVA Open Studios for the next two weekends. 11th/12th & 18th/19th June, 2016. Group Exhibition at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry.

There will be old and new pieces on show and a little impromptu stitching too! All are welcome.

Happy, stitching days.

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Garden inspiration

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New work

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Rose Queen

 

I took a map, and walked towpath, hill and field

The inspiration for this new piece, is covered by the title.

“I took a map, and walked towpath, hill and field”

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At 120 cms by 125 cms this embroidery has allowed room for exploration with theme and medium. It has also meant that I have had to dig deep in my boxes for the perfect pieces of stitch for recycling and scraps of fabric!

Happy stitching …

The Qube Open

These stitched birds are part of a piece shortlisted for this years Open Competition at the Qube, Oswestry. The exhibition runs from 11th September to 1st November.

The theme Journey is reflected in the piece through the suggested movement of the birds, text and in its transient nature. Most of the birds are not fixed so will go on to be part of their own narratives. There are similarities but each one is an individual.

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For more information email me at … suzettesmart1@btinternet.com

Happy stitching …

Exhibition @ The Qube, Oswestry

As a member of the Oswestry & District Embroiderers` Guild, I have these three recent works on show @ The Qube, Oswestry this month as part of our group exhibition. We will also have on display,  pieces from the Guild collection. The exhibition runs from the 7th August to the 8th September.

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The Masala Chai inspired embroidery (below) which led to these pieces, can be seen in the current issue of Stitch Magazine. I haven`t just been on a tea trail though, I have a whole aviary of stitched birds to soon go on show too! More info to follow.

Glimpses of India, Madeira Threads Competition

Happy stitching …

 

Work in progress

This is the second in a series of works which find me “bashing” out some developing ideas and themes. The variations in textures are created by loosening off the bobbin case and using a wider range of threads. Those to thick for the top get run through the bobbin and stitched from the reverse.

Happy stitching …

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